Final Details of T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 521 Launch Emerge

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Last month, T-Mobile announced the crazy-low “I can’t believe that’s for a smartphone” price for the Nokia Lumia 521, which is selling for a mere $150, free of contractual obligation. At the time, we got the scoop on early HSN sales, as well as the phone’s eventual arrival at Walmart and Microsoft retail stores. That was exciting news, but it wasn’t quite the whole story of the 521’s launch. Today we fill in a few missing bits, as availability of the 521 really starts taking off.

We already knew Microsoft was getting the 521 on May 11, but since then the phone’s pricing has become available online, revealing that Walmart’s undercutting the already-low $150 down to just $130.

What about T-Mobile itself? The biggest detail that’s been missing has been when the carrier intends to offer the 521 in its own stores. It turns out they’ll be getting the smartphone on May 22. While $150 out-of-pocket isn’t much at all, if you’d rather stretch things out on the carrier’s installment plan, that will be an option, too. Users taking advantage of the T-Mobile EIP will pay just $30 upfront for the 521, while contributing $5 a month for the next two years to pay off the balance.

Source: Microsoft

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!